088 – Designing Success with Tracy Hazzard

Designing Success with Tracy Hazzard [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode How does a young lady pursuing a career in biogenetics find herself a successful artist? How can a small company file a lawsuit against a huge company without getting crushed? How do you fall in love with 3D printing after avowing never to use it? The stories behind these curious juxtapositions are waiting for you in today’s podcast. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast. I am Steve Kurti, aka “the Continue reading →

087 – Games and Politics with Jay Obernolte

Games and Politics with Jay Obernolte [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode What is it like to write a video game from code in a printed book? Can techie kids learn to have good people skills? How does a computer game programmer become a politician? You’ll have to listen to today’s episode to learn the answers to these fascinating questions. Hi, this is Steve, “The Mad Scientist” Kurti, and today’s guest on the Table Top Inventing podcast is a first for us. Continue reading →

086 – Understanding Engineers with Joanie Connell

Understanding Engineers with Joanie Connell [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode How much does work-life balance matter to today’s professionals? Why do people communicate differently on email vs phone vs face-to-face? What are the effects of helicopter parenting on the kids we are trying to protect? Today’s podcast will reveal the answers to these crucial questions. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing Online Radio Show.  Every week we interview successful individuals from across the career spectrum and share their stories.  The best Continue reading →

084 – Succeeding at Education with Ted Dintersmith

Succeeding at Education with Ted Dintersmith [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Why would an entrepreneur and noted venture capitalist zoom in on education? How serious are the educational challenges we face in the US? Is there a simple path forward to creating a better education for every student? My guest today is Ted Dintersmith, noted venture capitalist, author, and executive producer of the Sundance-acclaimed education documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed.”  Ted believes that with the best of intentions, we’re ruining the Continue reading →

082 – Getting What You Want with Scott Glaser

Getting What You Want with Scott Glaser [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode What is possible if you shut off the television? Can you really do anything you want, if you set your mind to it? How hard is it to learn to fly over 80 kinds of planes? Join us today as we rocket into a conversation about goals, dreams, and the grit to achieve them. I love today’s interview. I admit to having favorite episodes. This is one of them, Continue reading →

079 – Space Travel with Jason DiVenere

Space Travel with Jason DiVenere [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode What is the best way to get a flight into space if you are not currently an astronaut? How serious is space tourism? How can we feed that inner drive to explore? Today’s episode is about exploration which reminds me of a quote by T.S. Elliot. We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for Continue reading →

076 – Flying High with Dr. Wayne Smith

Flying High with Dr. Wayne Smith [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Does your child want to become a doctor but doesn’t have the grades? Have you ever wondered what happens when you get put to sleep by an anesthesiologist? What is the purpose of licenses and credentials? Join us as we strap on our boots for a trek along alternate paths into healthcare. Today’s podcast breaks a streak I’ve had for quite sometime on our podcast. For various reasons, I have Continue reading →

073 – Googling with Eric Hennigan

Googling with Eric Hennigan [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Have you ever wanted to work at Google? Does Google really have a climbing wall at the office? How important is practical programming experience if you want to work at Google? Today on the Table Top Inventing podcast we are talking to a Googler*. If you are curious about some of the things you’ve read about Google, their employees, and the amenities at the office, stay tuned. On the interview, Eric Hennigan Continue reading →

072 – Excellence in Learning with Andrew Pudewa

Excellence in Learning with Andrew Pudewa [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode How is the Suzuki Method related to writing? How can students get past the “blank page” road block? How can limitations actually increase creativity rather than decrease it? Today’s podcast will have several surprises and interesting practical approaches for teaching and learning. I have interviewed many fascinating guests, but you will be hard-pressed to find a better overview of powerful learning ideas on our podcast. If you have ever played Continue reading →

070 – Educating Your Curiosity with Geoff Wiggs

How does one start as a computer programmer and end up as a lawyer? How is a deeper perspective on history related to Maker Education? What is the difference between seeing the Mona Lisa on a website and seeing it in the Louvre? Our guest this week, Geoff Wiggs, has a few things to say about that. I also have a little bit of a "Don't try this at home" story in the Great Inventor's Secrets section. This is an official listener advisory message: Today's podcast is not for the faint of heart. The material is top-notch, but prepare your sensibilities.

064 – Ambition and Service with Mark Stoleson

Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast where we discuss innovation, success, and the path to a good life for teens and those who guide them. We have a special treat for you today. I had an opportunity to bump into a successful executive at a business conference earlier this fall. I was so impressed by his story and the values of their company that I knew I had to find a way to bring his wisdom to our show. Mark Stoleson is the CEO at Legatum a global private investment fund based in Dubai--The United Arab Emirates. I love the way Mark frames his experience. As you listen to this interview remember some of the greatest success stories began in humble places. It isn't about getting it right every time. Success is about how you face what life brings. Let's listen in for timeless wisdom from a life well-lived.

062 – Free Agent Kevin Miller

This is the podcast where we discuss innovation, excellence, and entrepreneurship for teens and the adults who cheer for them. Today's guest is a personal development enthusiast. Kevin Miller grew up as an entrepreneur. In fact from his earliest memories, he always thought of himself as an entrepreneur. Recently his enthusiasm for personal development led him to work with the Zig Ziglar brand, and he's now the host of "The Ziglar Show", one of the top 10 most popular business podcasts in the world! Listen in today to hear the exciting and gritty details of growing up as an innovator.

061 – Leading People with Jonathan Silk

This is the podcast where we discuss leadership and innovation for teenagers. I can't wait to introduce today's guest! We've been counting the days until Jonathan retired from his position at West Point so we could interview him for the show. While in active military service, he wasn't allowed to speak publicly about his experiences, and having previous experience as a researcher in civil service with the Navy, I understand why the military has such strict policies. I also believe that strong innovators must believe in the future and their innovation with the same discipline that a soldier holds to the commands and structures put into place by an honor-bound military. So I had to interview Jonathan Silk to learn more about his philosophy of leadership. You'll find Jonathan's story and perspectives irresistible. Join me today as I interview an American hero.

059 – Teen Microbusiness with Carol Topp

This is the podcast where we discuss success and innovation for teenagers. No spoiler alerts today, but if you are interested in teenagers getting a jump start, stay locked in here! On the podcast we discuss an alternative to our modern conundrum of how to keep teens engaged in meaningful education. Carol Topp is an Engineer turned accountant--I know that's an unusual shift. In the last few years, she has worked with many teens in her accounting practice, helping them structure what she likes to call a "microbusiness". The experiences and learning that occurs in a microbusiness can be a great catalyst toward adding significance to the otherwise "dry learning" teens dread. Let's find out more about Carol's experience and explore some new possibilities.

055 – Creating Excellence with Jim McKinley

This is the podcast where we talk innovation. Today's guest innovates the old-fashioned way, and I think you are going to like Jim. I don't normally start my introduction right off this way, but after speaking with Jim, it seemed appropriate. Small businesses like McWelco are getting more rare these days, but great wisdom is sometimes stored in strange places. Today, Jim McKinley tells us about how they survived 50 years and what he feels are the important values of a strong business and a successful life.